Widespread adoption of Bt cotton and insecticide decrease promotes biocontrol services

  title={Widespread adoption of Bt cotton and insecticide decrease promotes biocontrol services},
  author={Y. Lu and Kongming Wu and Y. Jiang and Y. Guo and N. Desneux},
  • Y. Lu, Kongming Wu, +2 authors N. Desneux
  • Published 2012
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • Over the past 16 years, vast plantings of transgenic crops producing insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) have helped to control several major insect pests and reduce the need for insecticide sprays. Because broad-spectrum insecticides kill arthropod natural enemies that provide biological control of pests, the decrease in use of insecticide sprays associated with Bt crops could enhance biocontrol services. However, this hypothesis has not been tested in terms of… CONTINUE READING
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